St Patrick’s offers two Sunday Services.
Our 8:00 a.m. service is quieter in that we have no music. The 10:30 a.m. service includes music. Children gather for Christian formation during the first part of the later service and join their families for communion at the table.
The principal service of worship in the Episcopal church is found in The Book of Common Prayer. This book is a rich collection of scripture and prayers that has been used throughout the world since 1549. Over the years, the language has been updated and new services incorporated.
Our worship service is called a liturgy, which means the work of the people for the people. It is carefully constructed and has a rhythm that corresponds to a life of faith. Both our Sunday worship services are Eucharistic. Eucharist is the Greek word for Thanksgiving. During our Eucharistic prayer the congregation is invited to gather at the Lord’s table to share in the gift of bread and wine.
If you are familiar with the Episcopal church, we use Rite II with the exception of Lent, when we use the more penitential Rite I.